Matthew's focus is on writing meaningful songs and performing live. He pleases the crowd with his strong vocal ability, sing-along songs, audience participation, improvised saxophone solos, and wireless sax microphone for serenading the ladies and leading conga lines. Songs begin with 12 string acoustic guitar and vocals, and often he makes a looped guitar phrase live so he can play saxophone on the fly. Instrumental jamming is another spontaneous and fun element he incorporates into his show.
He mixes his original songs with hundreds of cover songs covering mostly classic to modern rock and jazz. He has arranged a unique repertoire including songs by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, John Mayer, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Journey to name a few. Upon request, he also has hundreds of saxophone solos he performs with instrumental backing tracks. These songs span a wide variety of titles in the jazz and pop genres, perfect for dinner music and classy parties desiring soft elegant music.
Matthewâs original songs are best described as âœa relaxing blend of rock, jazz, and acoustic music to melt your stress away.â쳌 He released his debut CD entitled, âœCalling Outâ쳌 - and is about to release a live album with hot new material. He is currently playing the Orlando circuit at clubs including Orlando Brewing and House of Beer. He is also hosting Open Mic / Jam Nights to encourage music amateurs and students to perform in public. He feels that live music is a noble cause worth standing up for.
Matthewâs music career has taken him around the world including Australia, Scotland, and Canada. He believes that music is a language of the Divine that transcends space and time, blurring the lines between cultures and classes. He is a songwriter, entertainer, and studio musician as well as a private music lesson teacher.
Matthew has shared the stage with veteran musicians such as Alto Reed, composer of the famous saxophone line in âœTurn the Pageâ쳌 and member of Bob Segerâs Silver Bullet Band, Joey Eberline, who toured with the Steve Miller Band, and Beaver Felton, bass virtuoso. He has gigged with many Orlando area bands including Cactus Jack & the Cadillacs, the Diligents, and J.J. & the Classics.
I absolutely love playing live. Right now I play all around the Orlando/Kissimmee area in Central Florida. A couple of places I've been playing at are , and in Hunter's Creek. I also host Open Mics, I have one going every Friday, and some on Thursdays as well. I love getting out there and meeting new people. I've made lots of new friends and I love each and every place I've been blessed to work at. I'm so happy that I can get my songs out there and I'm getting a great reaction from the crowds!
Saxophone influences : Alto Reed, Dave Koz, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, Charlie Parker, Boots Randolph, Cannonball, Mindi Abair, Stan Getz, Grover Washington Jr., Eric Darius, Warren Hill, Euge Groove, John Coltrane, Boney James, and Kenny G (who else is better at getting ladies in the mood? point.)
Guitar / Vocal / Songwriting influences : the Beatles, Aerosmith, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Pink Floyd, Average White Band, Jethro Tull, Bon Jovi, Rush, CCR, Zeppelin, Bad Company, Queensryche, Bob Seger, the Eagles, 3 Doors Down, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Rob Thomas, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Nickelback, Sublime, Guns 'N Roses, Goo Goo Dolls, Santana, Skynyrd, Elvis, Doobies, Dream Theater, Phish, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Incubus, Dylan, the Romantics, Bob Marley, Clapton, do I need to go on... you get the point all the good stuff!
Selmer and Cannonball saxophones, Yamaha WX 5 MIDI Controller with Yamaha Synth, Dean 12 String Acoustic Guitar, Fender Nashville Power Telecaster, Ibanez RG 7 String Guitar, Vox Valvestate Amplifiers, Shure Microphones and Wireless Systems, Alesis and Aphex Signal Processors...